The prime minister’s midnight address, announcing the surrender, was greeted with enthusiasm in Lisburn and revellers quickly took to the street. Their eagerness led to some broken windows in Seymour Street and other minor damage.
The next day, the fine weather and public holiday added to the party atmosphere and in the evening Market Square was packed with revellers lighting fireworks. All-day, wood had been piled high on street corners and as night fell huge bonfires were lit. The Lisburn Standard reported that effigies of the Japanese Emperor or Tojo, one-time prime minister of Japan and head of the military, were set on top. The bonfires were accompanied by music and Belgian soldiers, stationed in the town, played their instruments on top of an air raid shelter in Market Square.
Services of thanksgiving were held by many of the town’s churches, while a united service was held in Market Square following the King’s 9 pm speech. Lisburn Board of Guardians voted an extra payment to the poor to mark the end of the World War.
Report of the Japanese Surrender, Lisburn Standard, August 1945